La Braccesca Bramasole Syrah 2017
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PRODUCER: Bramasole is made from the sunniest part of the vineyard, from the Antinori family’s innovative spirit and from one of Cortona’s best areas for producing premium quality Syrah. Bramasole is a wine able to evolve over time and reflect this territory and its long-standing winemaking traditions using a new untraditional variety. The first vintage to be produced was the 2000 vintage.
WINEMAKING: Upon arrival in the cellar, harvested grapes were destemmed and gently crushed. The must was transferred into stainless steel tanks and underwent cold soaking for 3 days to extract aromatic compounds and flavors before fermentation, which took place at a controlled temperature of about 28 °C (82 °F). The skins were left in contact with the must for approximately 15 days. The wine went into small French oak barrels, both new and second fill, where malolactic fermentation took place. Bramasole aged for approximately 18 months and was bottled in spring 2019.
TASTING NOTE: Bramasole 2017 is a deep, intense ruby red color. Its nose is soft and elegant with notes of ripe cherries and blackberries that blend with hints of spices and sensations of sweet licorice. Its palate is powerful, rich and well-balanced. Pleasant tannins are well-established and balanced by a smooth texture. The long finish is well defined by after aromas of vanilla and blackberries.
James Suckling - 95 Points
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